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July 22, 2013 11:28 am
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Report: Arnold Schwarzenegger Helped Israel Sway Austria to Join Hezbollah Ban

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry had some help from Hollywood in convincing at least one country to label Hezbollah’s military wing a terrorist organization, according to Hebrew-language daily Maariv.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, an Austrian by birth and the former governor of California, sent a letter to the country’s chancellor, Werner Faymann, to express his belief in the importance of an EU move to blacklist the Lebanese terror organization.

According to Maariv, Austria initially vehemently opposed the move, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Feymann and the country’s president, and with the help of Schwarzenegger was able to convince the Austrians to support the measure.

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The decision to put Hezbollah’s military wing on the European Union terror list required the unanimous consent of the bloc’s 28 members and was passed unanimously.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry lobbied several EU holdouts, such as Ireland, in recent months to pass the measure.

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  • FORTUNE

    I DON’T BELIEVE THIS.

  • TzVi

    He’ll be back!

  • Ed

    Hezbollah only exist because some Lebanese wanted to defend themself against Israel raids into Lebanon. The army did not do a good job back then. It still is not doing a good job.

    Israel does not want his neighbours to get strong and be able to defend themself. So they strike preemptively. In this case politically.

    • Marc Schneider

      Get your facts straight: It is Hezbollah that and the Arab states that threaten Israel – not vice versa. Israel and the Jewish people do not teach racist hatred or chauvinistic expansionist radical racist nationalism in their school system, kindergartens, colleges, universities or government agencies. Most Arab states and most Arab societies – those in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Lebanon included, preach Daily their racist hatred for all Jews and Israelis and how they wish to destroy Israel, and how they (the Arabs/Moslems) wish to impose Arab rule on the entire Midde East and convert the human race to Islam.

      You got it entirely wrong: Israel is not the evil empire – 22 Arab states – Lebanon and Iran’s Proxy Hezbollah are. Israel is a tiny country with 8 million inhabitants living in a tiny Jewish state called Israel half the size of Denmark. 300 million Arabs live in 22 Arab states 1.5 times larger than USA’s territory. 8 million Israelis out of which 6-6.6 million of them are ethnically Jewish/Israeli cannot possibly pose any threat to 300 million Arabs.
      Whenever Hezbollah fired rockets at Israel, Israel responded, fired back, invaded Lebanon and stopped Hezbollah. Whenever Hezbollah was silent and quiet and left Israel alone, Israel didn’t invade Lebanon. Every time Israel invaded Lebanon, Israel had a reason for it: to stop Hezbollah’s attacks on Israeli Soldiers and civilians. If Hezbollah truly “represent” and “defend” Lebanon, why are they Iranian proxies butchering the Lebanese? And why do they try to annihilate Israel? Are you saying that genocide on Jews and destroying theirt country is the same as defending Lebanon? Defend Lebanon against what may I ask? Against Israel who doesn’t want to be fired upon with rockets and missiles and an Israel that doesn’t want Hezbollah to infiltrate Israel’s borders killing Jews and Israelis? Is Hezbollah “defending” Lebanon against Israel’s right to exist?

  • Plain Talk

    Thank you Arnold …… Your adopted dad Joe Weider is smiling and proud of you!

  • Earl Gardner

    Arnold is a friend indeed.

  • Mike

    He’s also a politician…

    • hadassa

      and so???

    • Plain Talk

      Never happy are you?

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